The MSU College of Arts and Letters Signature Lecture Series presents Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, executive producer, and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien; and Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. The two women will speak in a joint public appearance and conversation at the MSU Wharton Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014.
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Soledad O'Brien reported for Black in America, Black in America 2, Latino in America and Latino in America 2, and won an Emmy for co-hosting Discovery Channel’s The Know Zone. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists that named her Journalist of the Year in 2010. O'Brien also won the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Goodermote Humanitarian Award in 2008 for her reporting of Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. In 2010, she wrote a critically acclaimed memoir The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities that chronicles her biggest reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences. O’Brien has worked for, reported, anchored and/or co-anchored news and documentary broadcasts on NBC, MSNBC, CNN, HBO and Al Jazeera in America.
Isabel Wilkerson is author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. A New York Times' bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for Nonfiction the book brings to life one of the epic stories of the 20th Century through three unforgettable protagonists who make the decision of their lives during what came to be known as the Great Migration. In 1994, while Chicago bureau chief of The New York Times, Isabel Wilkerson became the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in journalism, winning the feature-writing award for her coverage of the 1993 mid-western floods and her profile of a 10-year-old boy who was responsible for his four siblings. Wilkerson has also been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, and several of her articles are included in the book Pulitzer Prize Feature Stories: America's Best Writing, 1979 - 2003, edited by David Garlock. She has also won a George S. Polk Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Journalist of the Year award (1994) from the National Association of Black Journalists.